MONTREAL (AP) -- Javier Vazquez is being held to a pretty high
Vazquez pitched eight crisp innings and Orlando Cabrera and
Vladimir Guerrero each had three hits to lead the Montreal Expos to
a 6-3 win over San Francisco on Friday night, ending the Giants'
season-high seven-game winning streak.
Vazquez (2-2) scattered six hits -- including a leadoff homer and
an RBI single by David Bell -- for his second win in three starts.
"Vazquez is better than that," Giants manager Dusty Baker
said. "I've seen him sharper than that. He wasn't as sharp as
we've seen him before. He has good stuff."
"We haven't been getting those runs early for Javy and giving
him something to work with, and tonight we did and this is what
he's capable of doing when you get him some runs," Expos manager
Frank Robinson said.
Montreal won its second straight after a season-high six-game
Barry Bonds went 0-for-3 with a walk for San Francisco.
"I wish I didn't have to face him, but that's part of the
ballgame," Vazquez said. "You're going to face tough hitters in
the major leagues. There are a lot of great hitters in the majors
and Bonds is one of the best. You just have to pitch him carefully
and today I tried to mix up all my pitches."
Vidro advanced to third on Guerrero's single and scored the
go-ahead run on an RBI single by Troy O'Leary, who made his Expos
debut after being called up from Triple-A Ottawa on Wednesday.
Guerrero, who went to third on O'Leary's single, scored on
Tatis' double-play grounder.
Lee Stevens walked and scored from first to put Montreal up by
three on Cabrera's RBI double into the right-field corner.
"I had one bad inning, and that's the ballgame," Hernandez
Vazquez set down 14 of 15 following Bell's RBI single in the
third -- Bonds drew a one-out walk in the sixth -- before Benito
Santiago singled to center with two outs in the seventh.
Santiago tried for a double and was thrown out by center fielder
Chavez to end the inning.
Hernandez allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings and
lost his third straight decision after winning his first four
starts of the season.
Bell's homer was the Giants' first leading off a game since
last Sept. 28, when Marvin Benard did it. ... Expos 1B Andres
Galarraga had extensive tests performed on his back this week by
Dr. Steve Rosen, the Chicago-based oncologist who handled
Galarraga's treatment for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1999. Expos
assistant general manager Tony Siegle said no trace of cancer had
been found, with the results of one final test yet to come.
Galarraga, on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain, is
expected to rejoin the team Saturday.